There are several factors to consider before you start a home-based laundry business. Starting a laundry business at home is not as easy as installing a coin operated washing machine at a commercial business premise. Luckily, starting your business at home comes with a lot of flexibility because you can manage all the small aspects of the business on your own. It also comes with the freedom to work from the comfort of your own home before you start expanding. But before you set up shop, here are some of the things you need to put into consideration to ensure your home-based laundry business is a success.
Make A List of things You’ll Need
The first thing you have to do is make a list of all the items you will require for your business. When starting at home you will just use your regular washing machine, but you may want to upgrade to an industrial washing machine as your business grows. Before you start your laundry business you have to check your state’s licensing requirements. In most cases, you will often be required to remit a sales tax. Contact that state’s tax department to guide you on sales tax. You will also be required to establish how you will be organized i.e. LLC, Sole Proprietor, or S Corp, so you can file the correct document.
You have to keep track of how you are running your business. Before you start your business establish how you will keep track of your clients, payments received, expenses incurred, and mileage. You do not need software for this. A simple Google spreadsheet will do the job. While planning about record keeping you have to establish how you will be paid for your laundry services. Will you be paid before the laundry services or will you be paid after? You need to establish such policies for your business before you launch.
Market Your Services online
Now that you want to start a laundry business, you have to figure out how people will know about your business. There are several ways you can tell people about your business. This will involve you creating an online presence for your business. There are two types of online marketing i.e. free marketing and paid marketing. With social media marketing, you get to create a presence for your business on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
This involves word of mouth and walking around giving out flyers that have information about your business. Creating flyers is a cheap and effective way to create a buzz about your business around places with a lot of people such as your local college campus. For your flyer to work well, make sure it is printed with vibrant colors with your contact information at the bottom. Be sure to include your business name, phone number, web address, and Email address
Before you start your laundry business at home, make sure that you have done enough research and that you are well prepared.